Our Growing Family

We are so excited to share with everyone that our family is growing!!!! It’s been hard to keep such an exciting secret for so long. Thankfully now I can talk about it and not let it accidentally slip, oh yeah, and take naps without hiding them.

PIN IT! PIN IT!   We knew we always wanted a little brother or sister for Ranger to grow up with and we wanted them to be close in age.  So baby Gaston number 2 and Ranger will be 23 1/2 months apart.  My due date is August 21, 2017 and Ranger was born September 8, 2015.  So we will be in the 2 under 2 club for a few weeks. It sounds a little crazy, but I love the idea of these two growing up close together and while we’re already in diapers, we may as well keep buying them!!

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Please don’t mind Ranger’s Nike socks… it was FREEEEZING!

PIN IT! There is so much to be thankful for as your family grows, but there’s also so many unanswered questions, just like when you’re expecting your first child.  We are now wondering what will life be like with a toddler running around and a newborn at home? There will be very little “nap when the baby naps” this time around. But, I think the biggest question in both Rusty and I’s minds is “how will Ranger react to not being the only one who gets our attention anymore”?  This is one that we will have no control over.   We are trying to expose him to as many babies as we can and soon enough he will have a baby to carry around himself!  Thankfully at St. Thomas Midtown here in Nashville they have a Brothers and Sister to-be class (more info here). But we are open to any other suggestions to help us prepare for this transition in our family. Please share what has been helpful for your family!?!?!

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Comments
  • Melissa

    Congrats!!! I would try and allow your older one to “help” if he wants to and praise him for being a good big brother, great helper, etc. I wouldn’t make him be quiet when the baby sleeps because he will resent the baby and babies can sleep through anything. Plus they need to learn to sleep other times when it’s not pure silence. It will make your life EASIER!! Set aside cuddle time for your older one so he gets mommy/daddy time. He’ll be fine. 🙂

  • Renee

    My two under two are 21 months apart. I was afraid of how she would accept a new baby and the attention shift. I antipated the worst but she has done so great. I referred to the baby as her baby and she would rub my belly get excited when the baby moved. When the baby arrived she stared and stared at her. Everyday she became more comfortable and would rub her head, or pat her back when I fed her. Now 2 months later, she lets me know she. Baby is crying, gets diapers for me and throws them away, shakes rattles for her and gives her kisses and even help during bath time. I let her do it on her time and when she felt comfortable. Baby sister slept a lot during the first month so I was still able to spend time with my toddler. You will notice how much he will grow up when the baby arrives. I include her in everything I do with the baby and also spend one and one time with her, like attending the library storytime class just with her.
    there is an adjustment as a mom to caring for two and having your hands full and being pulled in two different directions at the same time. I just tell my toddler, sister needs me to feed her and to please wait and most of the time she is okay with waiting. So it’s going pleasantly smoother than I antipated. I nap when they both nap, doesn’t always happen but when it does its a win! Just try to take it one day at a time, rest, have patience and remember you don’t have to be super mom or super wife.

  • CourtneY

    Congratulations! We just had our second baby December 2016 and my two are 22 1/2 months apart! My son was curious about my growing belly and we always talked about “baby sissy” while I was pregnant. He knew where her room was and even kissed my belly! He has done really well with not being the only child and seeing their relationship form and grow has been so amazing as parents! Good luck with your pregnancy and welcoming baby #2!

  • Rachel

    My children are 2 years 4 months apart. Had a boy first and then a girl. My daughter is actually about a week older than ranger. Anyway, giving my son a sibling is the best thing we’ve ever done for him. He absolutely adores his sister and the feeling is mutual on her end. It was actually easier for me going from 1-2 children than going from 0-1

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